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I Guess I Won’t Be Going To Belarus

Skipping Belarus, going straight to Ukraine.

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“You need a visa to go there.”

“No I don’t.”

“Yes you do.”

The lady at the bus station was right. I do need a visa to go to Belarus. For some reason I thought I could get a visa at the border — something that is very much not possible. Belarus is probably one of the most tenuous, intensive, procedure-laden countries in the world for a Western, grade-A passport holder to get a visa to.

Maybe I’m slipping? I usually know the visa policies of almost every country forward and backward.

Anyway, I can just show up in Ukraine and get 90 days. I guess I will go there instead.

I didn’t have any meetings set up yet in Belarus anyway and I’m not sure how involved they are on the NSR besides having a some China-Europe trains going through it. They say they want to become a hub on the network, but with visa policies like that I doubt this could be a reality.

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Filed under: Belarus, Latvia, Travel Diary

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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3720 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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